Monday, March 28, 2016

Self-Employment


It has been 20 years this month since I left my 9-5 job.  I have enjoyed every day the Lord blessed me with, while being able to be a "stay at home" mom.  It was during this time that I began to "bank" on my own talents and credentials.  

I am self-employed and have re-invented myself a half dozen times in the past 15 years.  I feel I've metamorphosed into each phase of these re-inventions with a new insight and experience that has built my business and brand.  

Many family and friends don't understand this...really...I don't know what they think I do all day...especially now that I am an empty nester.  

Why is it, that people still say to me..."oh, well, you don't work..."  Really...I work my butt off!  It just happened again this past weekend.  I didn't even comment, I just sat there.  

I sat down this morning and figured out the hours I put into my "business" last week.  I'm over 40 hours working on 2 estates for sales this month and I'm over 20 hours on networking, social media, advertising, blogging and writing the curriculum for my class at the UW Extension office.  

I'm not bragging here - as I actually HATE it when people state how busy they are....we all are busy....  I am writing this rather I guess to somehow reflect and justify my self-employment.  



If you know someone who is self-employed - please do not tell them that "they don't 'work' or have a 'real' job."  Most times, we can't leave our 9-5 and go home for the day...we live at our 9-5's.  Also, because we can make or break ourselves, our minds are always at "work."  I see inspiration and ideas everywhere - I'm always thinking on "what to do next."  

O.K. I'm done now, thanks for listening....

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

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8 comments:

Justine said...

Hardest working woman I know!

Justine said...

Hardest working woman I know!

Cher' Shots said...

I love that you love what we all love to see you do! lol I love your displays! 'love n hugs from afar'

Liz said...

My hubbys friend ask me that all of the time! Drives me nuts! Taking care of a house, 10 acres, chickens and most days a 3 year old, what does he think I do? Sit around eating bon bons all day!

Christal said...

You are the perfect example of a hard worker and what it means to really live out "The American Dream". What you're doing is the most gratifying of anything else you could be doing at any other 9-5 job. It's great you get to choose what to spend your time involved in rather than being told you HAVE TO DO this or that. Good for you! Good post!

hikchik said...

I get the "Oh That's Only A "Hobby" From People...They wish they could do what we do and make money at it...hikchik

Tess said...

Such a true statement, that our minds are at work all the time! As a fellow self-employed business women, there is never a day off.

Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Jacky! I think the ones who say that are jealous because they either, can't work from home or are too lazy! I don't get paid for what I do, but to me I'm still 'self-emplyed'. I know most people wouldn't put the effort in doing what I do! And especially you, Jacky! I admire you and what you do! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!